One of the most wonderful and exciting facts of your life is that, whatever has gone before is merely a prelude to what is going to happen to you in the future. There are no limitations on what you can be, or do or have except for the limitations you place on your own mind. You have enormous reserves of capacity and potential and talent that you have never even come close to using as yet. These reserves lay within you, dormant, and are waiting for you to unlock them and bring them into every part of your life.
Another wonderful fact is that you already know a lot of the things you need to know to become the person you want to become. You have your "heart's desire" deep inside of you. There is something that you were put on this earth uniquely to accomplish. There is something that you, and only you, can do. And when you find your heart's desire, you will have the key to unlocking your potential in every other part of your life. You'll have the key to happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment and the joy that is your natural birthright.
Whenever we talk about having enormous potential, the natural tendency for most people, probably including yourself, is to think in terms of your limitations. To think in terms of your bills and your obligations.
Many people think about how little money they have and how much money they owe. They think about how much everything costs and how little they're earning. Many people even despair of ever getting out of debt, much less achieving all of their goals and aspirations.
You've heard a lot of talk about "positive thinking." Positive thinking is very important. A positive mental attitude goes hand-in-hand with success in virtually every area of life. However, it's far more important that you practice "positive knowing" than "positive thinking."
You see, positive thinking can very often simply be positive wishing or hoping, or even praying. Positive knowing, on the other hand, is when you absolutely know, deep inside yourself, that you have the ability to be and do anything you want. And positive knowing, only comes when you actually do the things that you say that you'll do.
When you set clear goals or objectives for yourself, to dream big dreams and then to become the kind of person who's capable of achieving the kind of goals that you want to achieve, you convince yourself, at a deep subconscious level, that you're absolutely unstoppable. You cast off the bonds of learned helplessness. You realize at last that there's nothing in the world that can hold you back except your own thinking, and you don't even let your own thinking limit your potential.
If you learn to be powerful and develop self-confidence by working progressively, every day, toward becoming the kind of person you want to become, and toward living the kind of life that you want to live, you'll unlock the giant within you and it will never go back inside.
Copyright © 2009 Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy is one of the world's most respected sales training and leadership training experts. Speaking on personal and professional performance, he has traveled and worked in more than eighty countries, and speaks four languages.
Brian Tracy is a New York Times bestselling author, having written more than thirty-five books on sales training, leadership training, and personal performance.